English Premiership

Martial on verge of new 5-year deal at Old Trafford

Anthony Martial (Getty Images)
Anthony Martial (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Premier League outfit Manchester United are reportedly in talks with Anthony Martial about a new five-year contract.

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Martial has one year left on his current deal, and United can choose to extend it by another year.

If a deal is complete, it would mark a stunning turnaround for a player that has long been linked with an exit from Old Trafford.

Earlier this summer the player’s agent told media that the 22-year old forward was desperate to leave in search of more playing time.

Tottenham were reported to be interested, with Jose Mourinho looking at Willian and Croatian World Cup star Ivan Perisic as possible replacements.

A transfer was apparently scuppered by United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who wanted Mourinho to persevere with Martial.

Martial joined United from Monaco for £36 million in September 2015.

Mourinho has had a troubled relationship with the player and recently criticised him for not returning to United’s pre-season tour after the birth of his son.

The France international has made just one appearance this season, when he was taken off after an hour of the 3-2 defeat at Brighton.

He was left out of the matchday squad for Monday's 3-0 loss to Tottenham.

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